Friday, 24 November, 2017

Torey Lovullo and Paul Molitor win Managers of the Year

Torey Lovullo and Paul Molitor win Managers of the Year Torey Lovullo and Paul Molitor win Managers of the Year
Kristopher Love | 15 November, 2017, 02:34

The BBWAA announced Tuesday that Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was named National League Manager of the Year. Arizona jumped 24 wins, finishing 93-69 in 2017 after posting the exact opposite record, 69-93, the year before.

Lovullo, who became the third Arizona manager to win the Manager of Year Award, collected 18 first-place votes, beating out Dodgers manager Dave Roberts by 56 points and the Rockies' Bud Black by 68.

How's that for a rookie campaign?

Roberts was the reigning National League Manager of the Year victor after winning the award in 2016, and was looking to become the first back-to-back victor since Bobby Cox with the Atlanta Braves in 2004-2005. In the American League, it was Paul Molitor, who guided the Minnesota Twins to a postseason spot after losing 103 games in 2016.

The Minnesota Twins' Paul Molitor (18 first-place votes) was the American League victor. Arizona finished second in the wildly competitive NL West division at 93-69, behind only eventual pennant-winner Los Angeles. The Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona, the 2016 victor, was the runner-up with 11 first-place votes. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was the only other AL manager to receive a first-place vote. Joe Girardi, who wasn't brought back by the Yankees, finished fourth.

The Twins (85-77) had improvement of 26 games from last season and made the postseason for the first time in seven years. Nobody expected a postseason berth for the Twins - perhaps not even their front office, because they were sellers at the trade deadline.